“One Belt One Road” global relay running event hosted by Standard Chartered Bank kicked off in Mauritius. The event is to be held in 44 countries along the “Belt and Road” and Mauritius is the 24th stop.

H.E. Gong Yufeng, political Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Mauritius, and Mr. Rajnish Aubeeluck, Acting President of Standard Chartered Bank (Mauritius), participated in the relay race.

Counsellor Gong Yufeng delivered a speech underscoring that  “Belt and Road initiative”originates in China but its results benefit the world.

Since it was put forth in China, the Belt and Road Initiative has become a widely welcomed international public good with a far-reaching and profound impact on the world and provided a most popular platform for cooperation. In the past six years, China has directly invested more than US$80 billion in countries along the “Belt and Road” and created nearly 300,000 jobs in the regions.

Counsellor Gong Yufeng highlighted that so far, a total of 124 countries and 29 international organisations have signed Belt and Road Initiative cooperation documents with China.

In the second half of this month, the second Summit at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in Beijing. This is the most important diplomatic event China plays host to this year, and it will be another international event that attracts worldwide attention. The forum will promote the Belt and Road Initiative cooperation to achieve high quality development.

Mr. Rajnish Aubeeluck said that Mauritius is located in the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, which is a natural extension of “One Road” and has a unique geographic advantage. The business environment in Mauritius is superior and the financial industry is booming. Under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, Mauritius’ potential for cooperation with China is huge and the prospects are broad.

Mr. Rajnish Aubeeluck said that “One Belt One Road ” proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 is the most far-reaching initiative in the world today. Standard Chartered Bank actively participates in the Belt and Road Initiative project, and the relay race is to demonstrate the support of Standard Chartered Bank for the Belt and Road initiative.

Mr. Rajnish Aubeeluck stressed that China has provided substantial assistance to the economic development of Mauritius for more than 30 years. More and more Chinese companies are entering Africa to participate in local infrastructure construction and help Africa with its economic development. As the financial centre of the African continent and the Indian Ocean region, Mauritius is the gateway for foreign investors to enter the African continent and will play an important role in promoting the Belt and Road Initiative.

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